USC’s offensive line has been a sore spot for several seasons but here is what Clay Helton said this week:
“This is a group that really have been waiting, just watch them grow up, and now they’re in their third year, and you can see their confidence and them controlling the offense.”
Outside of left tackle Austin Jackson, who has shown potential, who can you point to as a bona-fide, quality lineman? No one.
The best thing they have going for them is not having to pass block as long in the Air Raid offense. But they have yet to demonstrate they are ready for prime time.
- Last weekend, I mentioned Ronnie Lott and Anthony Munoz were among the players who attended John Robinson‘s farewell send-off to LSU.
I’ve since heard many more names: Mike Rae, Marv Williams, Gordon Adams, Duaine Jackson, John Mazur, Troy West, Joe Cormier, Joe Murray, Tim Shannon and Mike McDonald.
Former Rams included Jackie Slater and Nolan Cromwell. Former USC and Rams assistant Gil Haskell was also in attendance.
- One story that night involved Vince Evans playing quarterback in 1976. Robinson’s decision to start Evans, who was African-American, ruffled some feathers at the university and insiders believed Robinson might be fired if he did not win the Pac-8 Conference title and Rose Bowl that season.
- USC lost its opener to Missouri, 46-25, at the Coliseum. But the Trojns then won 11 straight, including a 14-3 victory over No. 3 Michigan in the Rose Bowl. USC finished No. 2 in the AP and UPI polls.
- Helton was asked about restricing media access this season, which includes him being unavailable on Wednesdays.
“I want our student-athletes to be able to concentrate on their job and focus on their job when it’s time for them to work,” Helton said.
None of the new policies actually involves the players. Just Helton speaking less to the media. So, as usual, his answer above makes little sense.
- Does anyone remember that USC safety Ykili Ross is still in the transfer portal?
- In last week’s column, I mentioned quarterbacks who never really played at USC but transferred or switched positions. I forgot to mention Bill Redell, who earned a scholarship to USC but transferred to Occidental in 1962 and then played six seasons in the Canadian Football League.